Links Between Maternal Behavior and Psychological Sequelae


Researchers from Taiwan and the United States find, in a study of 1,752 inner-city infants born between 1960 and 1965 (the Johns Hopkins Pathways to Adulthood Study), a significant association between unsupportive maternal behavior at eight months and subsequent adult mental health. Results appear in Comprehensive Psychiatry.

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Fan, A., Buka, S., Kosik, R., Chen, Y.; Association Between Maternal Behavior in Infancy and Adult Mental Health: A Thirty-Year Prospective Study. Comprehensive Psychiatry. Online October 28, 2013.

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].